Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya Resigns

  • Former Rift Valley Commissioner, George Natembeya and President Uhuru Kenyatta (right)
    Former Rift Valley Commissioner, George Natembeya and President Uhuru Kenyatta (right)
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  • Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya, has resigned.

    Natembeya announced his resignation on Wednesday, January 12, stating that he is now fully focused on his Trans Nzoia gubernatorial bid

    Speaking to the press in Nakuru, the Rift Valley RC thank Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, and his Principal secretary, Karanja Kibicho, for giving him an opportunity to serve in that capacity.

    "I will from now on focus on politics as l seek the backing of residents of Trans Nzoia to become their governor," Natembeya announced.

    A photo of George Natembeya addresses journalists on destruction in the Mau Forest Complex in his office in Nakuru on September 13, 2019.
    George Natembeya addresses journalists on destruction in the Mau Forest Complex in his office in Nakuru on September 13, 2019.
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    "My rivals have been asking me to remove my official uniform and face them in Trans Nzoia. As from now, I hang my boots to teach them about leadership," he added.

    During the press conference, Natembeya thanked his colleagues for their support and especially Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.

    He further acknowledged the role of his seniors and juniors who played a role in making his time as the Rift Valley RC successful.

    Natembeya had been campaigning in Trans Nzoia but he had not intensified his bid until he was endorsed by the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) on Sunday, January 2.

    The party which is also allied to Defence Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, endorsed Natembeya and described him as the perfect candidate capable of clinching the seat.

    Prior to the endorsement by DAP-K, Natenbeya clashed with Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, over claims that he was a political project.

    Addressing mourners at the funeral of the late Orie Rogo Manduli, Natembeya refuted claims that he was being sponsored by the Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, stating that he was an independent man.

    He went ahead to insinuate that the Kiminini legislator was a project of FORD Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula. 

    In a separate event, Natembeya was booed after he claimed that Wamalwa should vie for the position of the Member of County Assembly (MCA) after leaving the National Assembly.

    The former Rift Valley Regional Commander also threw jabs at educated aspirants who are teaming up with "illiterate" politicians yet they want to lead people.

    Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya addresses the press in his office on July 16, 2018.
    Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya addresses the press in his office on July 16, 2018.
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